Course Title: Fashion Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Materials

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


RMIT University Vietnam


350H Fashion & Textiles


Viet1 2013,
Viet3 2013,
Viet1 2014,
Viet3 2014,
Viet1 2015,
Viet2 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet3 2016,
Viet1 2017,
Viet2 2017,
Viet1 2018,
Viet3 2018

Course Coordinator: Grant Emerson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9149

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with knowledge and skills to identify fibres, yarns and fabrics commonly used in fashion garments and accessories.

With consideration of current environmental and sustainability issues, you will be able to make informed decisions regarding the development of textile products in relation to properties and performance characteristics.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

a) Lead and manage own work and other team members or individuals within a fashion and textiles enterprise.

b) Problem solve effectively in a fashion and textiles enterprise.

c) Apply sustainable practices related to fashion and textiles issues.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

a) Identify, compare and evaluate fibres (natural and man-made) and fabrics (woven, knitted and non-woven).

b) Describe and analyse a variety of fabric construction processes, finishes and colouring applied to fabrics.

c) Assess suitability of fabrics for end use and communicate the analyses to industry standards.

d) Compare and contrast sustainability ideas, issues and opportunities in the development and processing of fashion materials.

Overview of Learning Activities

The main learning activities in this course include: lectures, workshops, tutorials, case studies, and oral presentations.

You will collect fibre and fabric samples. You will also observe and analyse fabric qualities and performance. Working in groups you will brainstorm and provide feedback on fabric findings.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Resources that will assist you with your learning will include notes, reference lists, library resources, computer laboratory and relevant software.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include tests, case studies and assignments. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program director or Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more information.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principals, regulations, policies and procedures